Chris Roush is founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides training for professional journalists and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also the author of two books about business journalism – Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication (2004) and Profits and Losses: Business Journalism and its Role in Society (2006) – as well as author or co-author of books about Progress Energy (2008), Home Depot (1999), Pacific Coast Feather Co. (2006) and Alex Lee Inc. (2006). He has also taught business journalism at Washington & Lee University and the University of Richmond.
After his first job covering cops and courts for the St. Petersburg Times, Roush covered various business beats for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Tampa Tribune, BusinessWeek, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bloomberg News. He also was editor in chief of SNL Financial, which publishes newsletters and magazines for investors, and started a monthly magazine there called Insurance Investor, now defunct. He was a contributing editor to Business North Carolina magazine from 2004 to 2007.
Roush has been quoted about business journalism in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and American Journalism Review and has written about business journalism education in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator and The Business Journalist, the publication of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
He also was managing editor of the SABEW web site and blogs about business journalism at www.talkingbiznews.com. For three years, he wrote a twice-monthly blog called “The Roush Rant” for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, where he was a lead instructor for six years. He has also created a web site on the history of business journalism and a web site for college students interested in careers in business journalism..
In addition to running Reynolds Center workshops, Roush has led business journalism training sessions for media organizations such as the Associated Press, Reuters, The Motley Fool, Media General newspapers, The Orlando Sentinel, The Mobile Register, the South Carolina Press Association, the International Center for Journalists and newspapers throughout North Carolina. He has also worked with media outlets and universities in South Africa to improve business journalism in that country.
In 2010, Roush was named the Journalism Teacher of the Year in the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards.